Prescribing Cannabis: Breaking Down Myths in Medicine

On 1 November 2018 cannabis laws were changed in the UK to allow a legal route for cannabis-based medicines to be prescribed by specialist clinicians without the requirement for a Home Office license.

It remains very difficult to obtain an NHS prescription and only a few private prescriptions have been issued.

There is a need to open up a conversation so that we can all gain a better understanding of the reluctance to prescribe or engage with patients who use medicinal cannabis. Dr Melissa Bone will inform you about the legal changes, Dr Katherine Wade will consider the ethical implications of prescribing medical cannabis and Dr Yewande Okuleye will discuss emerging legal cannabis markets both in the UK and internationally.

We also want to understand what your views are on cannabis as a medicine. You will be asked to write down your views at the start of the event before hearing short presentations from Dr Bone, Dr Wade and Dr Okuleye. There will be time for a question and answer session before you engage in a group work exercise where you will be asked to share your opinions and knowledge on medical cannabis and whether your perspective on this issue has changed or has developed in some way. There will be a drinks reception after the event to discuss this topic further.